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Scully-Power, Paul Desmond (1944-) Australian-American geophysicist payload specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-41-G.

Educated Sydney.

Official NASA Biography

NAME: Paul Desmond Scully-Power
Payload Specialist

PERSONAL DATA: Born May 28, 1944, in Sydney Australia. Married. Six children. Recreational interests include squash and racket ball, sailing, and reading.

EDUCATION: Attended schools in London, England, and Sydney, Australia; graduated, bachelor of science degree, honors, post graduate diploma of education, University of Sydney, 1966, honors in applied mathematics.

SPECIAL HONORS/AWARDS: Royal Australian Navy Exchange Scientist to U.S. Navy, 1972-1974; Order of the Decibel, 1974; U.S. Citizenship, September 17, 1982; recipient of 18 U.S. Navy Special Achievement Awards.

PROFESSIONAL/HONORARY SOCIETIES: American Geophysical Union, Acoustical Society of America, American Meteorological Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, U.S. Naval Institute, and Australian Marine Sciences Association.

TECHNICAL PAPERS: Published 60 scientific articles in such fields as physical oceanography, underwater acoustics, remote sensing, applied mathematics, space oceanography, marine biology, meteorology, and ocean engineering.

EXPERIENCE: Mr. Sully-Power has spent extensive time at sea. He took part in 24 scientific cruises, 13 of which he was chief scientist. He is regularly invited to give papers at national and international scientific meetings and reviews articles for four technical journals. Mr. Scully-Power is also a qualified Navy diver.

January 1967: After graduating from the University of Sydney, he was approached by the Royal Australian Navy to set up the first oceanographic group within the Navy.

January 1967 to July 1972: Scientific officer. Remained the first permanent head of the oceanographic group.

July 1972 to March 1974: Australian Navy Exchange Scientist, U.S. Navy. Worked at the U.S. Naval Underwater Systems Center, New London, Connecticut, and at the Office of Naval Research, Washington, D.C. During this period, he was invited to assist the Earth Observations team on the Skylab Project and has worked in space oceanography for each manned spacecraft mission since that time.

March 1974 to March 1975: Returned to Australia, planned and executed the joint Australia, New Zealand, United States project ANZUS EDDY, which was the first combined oceanographic and acoustic measurement of an ocean eddy ever conducted.

1976: Appointed a foreign principal investigator for the Heat Capacity Mapping Mission, which was one of a series of satellites launched by NASA to explore the usefulness of remote sensing measurements.

October 1977 to present: Emigrated to the United States and was offered a position at the Naval Underwater Systems Center. This position is that of a senior scientist and technical specialist on the staff of the Associate Technical Director for Research and Technology with the responsibility to insure the development of a comprehensive and balanced technology base within the Center.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-41G Challenger (October 5-13, 1984) was launched from and returned to land at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. STS-41G was the first mission with a 7-person crew, and the first to demonstrate American orbital fuel transfer. During the 8-day flight, the crew deployed the Earth Radiation Budget Satellite, conducted scientific observations of the earth with the OSTA-3 pallet and Large Format Camera, and demonstrated potential satellite refueling with an EVA and associated hydrazine transfer. At mission conclusion, Mr. Scully-Power had traveled over 3.4 million miles in 133 Earth orbits, and logged over 197 hours in space.


Birth Place: Sydney.
Status: Inactive.

Born: 1944.05.28.
Spaceflights: 1 .
Total time in space: 8.22 days.

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Associated Flights
  • STS-41-G Crew: Crippen, Garneau, Leestma, McBride, Ride, Scully-Power, Sullivan. First spaceflight to include two women. First American woman to walk in space. First Canadian astronaut. Record crew size aboard a single spacecraft. Manned seven crew. Deployed Earth Radiation Budget Satellite; performed high resolution Earth imagery. More...

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  • STS The Space Transportation System (Space Shuttle) was conceived originally as a completely reusable system that would provide cheap, routine access to space and replace all American and civilian military launch vehicles. Crippled by technological overreach, political compromise, and budget limitations, it instead ended up costing more than the expendable rockets it was to have replaced. STS sucked the money out of all other NASA projects for half a century. The military abandoned its use after the Challenger shuttle explosion in the 1980's. More...

  • NASA Astronaut Biographies, Johnson Space Center, NASA, 1995-present. Web Address when accessed: here.

Scully-Power Chronology

1984 October 5 - . 11:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: Space Shuttle STS-17/41-G.
  • STS-41-G - . Call Sign: Challenger. Crew: Crippen; Garneau; Leestma; McBride; Ride; Scully-Power; Sullivan. Payload: Challenger F06 / ERBS / LFC / ORS. Mass: 10,643 kg (23,463 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Crippen; Garneau; Leestma; McBride; Ride; Scully-Power; Sullivan. Agency: NASA Houston. Program: STS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-41-G. Spacecraft: Challenger. Duration: 8.22 days. Decay Date: 1984-10-13 . USAF Sat Cat: 15353 . COSPAR: 1984-108A. Apogee: 390 km (240 mi). Perigee: 350 km (210 mi). Inclination: 51.7000 deg. Period: 92.00 min. Manned seven crew. Deployed ERBS; performed high resolution Earth imagery. Payloads: Earth Radiation Budget Satellite (ERBS) deployment, Office of Space and Terrestrial Applications (OSTA)-3 experiments, Large Format Camera (LFC). First use of Orbital Refueling System (ORS) with extravehicular activity (EVA) astronauts, IMAX camera.

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